Stonewall 4-H students speak to commissioners

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Back Row l to r: Commissioner Jan Harris, Judge Ronnie Moorhead, Commissioners David Hoy and Billie Kirk Meador Front Row, Georgia Fraser, Willie Mae Shugart, Leah Salazar, Mylee Van Meter and Keltyn Van Meter.

In final preparation for district roundup competition, local 4-H Students gave speeches and educational presentations to the Stonewall County Commissioners Monday. Stonewall County Extension Agent Cody Myers said he thought it would be a good opportunity for the students to do a little public speaking and maybe “get a few of the jitters out” before Wednesday’s competition.

In public speaking, students must choose a topic that is current and newsworthy, and then write and present a persuasive speech. In the educational presentation category, students choose from categories such as 4-H promotion or domestic animals.

Keltyn Van Meter spoke persuasively about how although the Texas state motto may be “Friendship,” and the nation’s is “In God we trust,” with the separation of church and state, it would seem we, as a society, do not live by these mottos and spoke of a need for cultural change.

Leah Salazar spoke to parents, posing questions about when parents should become concerned and involved when children spend too much time playing games. Especially when those games promote violent behavior and are reaching more than 250 million teenagers and children in the US alone, some as young as kindergarten age.

Willie Mae Shugart and Georgia Fraser worked as a team to educate the audience on basic safety concepts when working and cooking in the kitchen. They talked on topics such as the importance of maintaining a clean work area and avoiding cross-contamination of food products, safety protocols when working around hot surfaces, as well as dangers when failing to follow these procedures.

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